The holidays are upon us. In Acadiana, that means rich, thick sauces, sweets for days and old family recipes loaded with an equal portion of fond memories and calories.
You can enjoy all the holiday flavors without having to put healthier eating in hibernation until the new year. Dr. Janna Flint Wilson, board-certified Pediatric Endocrinologist with the Kids Specialty Center at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, recommends you start by eating at the same time every day to reduce hunger-induced crabbiness and snacking between meals.
Mealtime is a good way to introduce good eating habits. Start with a healthy breakfast each day. Breakfast improves concentration, strength, endurance and performance, Dr. Wilson said. It can even lower your cholesterol and round out a healthy diet by adding in vitamins and minerals you might not get during the rest of the day.
“Turn off the TV during mealtime. Families that watch TV while they eat tend to overeat,” she added. “Good routines limit fast-foods. Begin with small portions. Don’t use food as a reward. Stop eating when you are full even if there is still food on your plate.”
A good rule of thumb according to Dr. Wilson: When you put together a plate of food for a meal, half of the plate should be full of fruits and vegetables. The remaining half should contain the protein and carbohydrates. It is best to limit the carbohydrates to just fill a quarter of the plate at a particular meal.
Avoid sugary beverages such as juice, soda and sports drinks, she added. Milk and water are the healthiest beverage choices.
“The holidays come with their fair share of over-eating and sugary sweets. Use this time as a good example of why it’s important to eat healthy, even when there is an abundance of options,” Dr. Wilson explained, “and happy holidays.”
Call Dr. Wilson at (337) 371-3101 today to schedule an appointment or learn more tips like these.